An Artistic Melting Pot: History of Japanese Porcelain and its Influences
Japan is a country with a rich history of culture and traditions and as such a lot of this has made its way into modern society; as well as having made its way across cultures and borders.
Japanese porcelain has a long history and was first thought to have been made in the Neolithic period (towards the end of the stone age). Kilns in various locations throughout the country have produced pottery stoneware and glazed porcelain.
Techniques came in to the country from china via Korea along with the techniques for making pottery, Chinese and Korean designs as well as some from the Middle East are thought to have had a strong influence on Japanese porcelain – one clear example of this is Japanese blue and white porcelain.
Styles Of Japanese Porcelain
Japanese porcelain has a variety of different styles and forms; and these are often regional variations, or variations that have developed for a specific purpose and have kept these traditional views. Similarly; if the materials of a certain time period limited the colours and patterns that could be produced then these Traditions have often been continued. Some Examples include:
– Bizen-Yaki – a reddish brown pottery from Okayama though to be from the 6th century
– Tobe-Yaki – mainly thick porcelain tableware with blue cobalt paintings
– Koishiwara-yaki – originating from Fukuoka, often in the form of teacups, teapots and flower vases. This style came from a Korean potter in the 16th century.
– Raku-yaki – coming from Kyoto, it is thought to be the best form of porcelain for the tea ceremony.
Forms Of Japanese Porcelain
Japanese porcelain products, are highly attractive, however they are not solely for decoration, some of the various forms of Japanese porcelain available includes:
– Japanese Tea Sets – tea is a big part of the Japanese way of life, with the Japanese tea ceremony being a very important ritual for when guests are present. Having an attractive tea set makes this event even more special. You can of curse simply use a Japanese tea set for everyday use, or when friends come to visit. Of course a Japanese Tea Set could also just make a nice addition to any room, and wouldn’t look out of place on an attractive dresser or sideboard; or potentially as a centre piece on a table.
– Japanese Bowls – whether you wish to use a bowl made from Japanese Porcelain for the purposes of serving food or use it for display; a Japanese bowl makes a great addition to in terms of looks and style!
– Japanese Vases – a Japanese vase makes a striking addition to any room, and are a common sight when it comes to Japanese porcelain. As with tea sets, Japanese Vases can be functional as well as a nice decorative piece.
– Japanese Tableware – in terms of Japanese Tableware, Japanese porcelain makes for a simple yet attractive range of crockery that will really add a nice look to the food that you are presenting, and as such help make it look even more attractive, as well as adding a touch of authenticity to your dishes.
The Japanese Shop stock a range of Japanese porcelain products in a variety of styles and designs to suit a whole host of homes. Our Japanese porcelain includes Japanese tea sets, Japanese vases and Japanese bowls; that are both practical and look great around the home.